MARIE CLEMENTS MEDIA I MCM
MCM2 is an independent media production company based in Vancouver, owned and operated by award-winning writer, director, and producer Marie Clements. Specializing in the development, creation and production of innovative works of media that ignite an Indigenous and intercultural reality.
Marie Clements is an award-winning writer, director and producer who has carved her brand of independent story-making in a variety of mediums including film, TV, radio, new media and live performance. As a writer, director, and producer, her films have showcased at some of the most prestigious film festivals including: the Cannes International Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs International Film Festival, ImagineNATIVE Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival.
In 2021, Bones of Crows (feature film and five-part miniseries) went into production in British Columbia with writer/director/producer Marie Clements in collaboration with Screen Siren Pictures and Grana Productions, for the CBC, APTN, SRC, Elevation Pictures, and Fifth Season.
Bones of Crows is the first Indigenous and female-led, produced, written, and directed scripted mini-series and feature film about the residential school experience in North America. A sweeping and emotional epic spanning across three generations of survivors, showcasing indigenous resilience. The film and series features over 60 cast members that represent five generations of Indigenous performers and over 50 Indigenous crew behind the scenes. Some of Canada’s most outstanding Indigenous and non-Indigenous talent came together to tell a story that represents not only our country’s history, but our shared history.
After a prestigious premiere at TIFF in 2022 and opening the Vancouver International Film Festival shortly after, the film has won thirty-three awards, including ten Leo Awards, the Vancouver International Audience Award, Audience Choice Award at the Available Lights Film Festival, the Air Canada Matera Award, and the APTN Filmmaker Award. Bones of Crows premiered in the US at the Santa Barbara International Festival winning Best Film at The Big Apple Film Festival, Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor at the American Indian Film Festival Awards and seven Red Nation Film Festival Awards including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. Bones of Crows has screened at over thirty- four film festivals worldwide, and has toured to over 140 community screenings across Canada and the U.S. The film was released commercially this past spring by Elevation Pictures where it went on to become the highest-grossing theatrical release by an Indigenous female filmmaker in Canadian history. The full list of festivals and awards is available on the Bones of Crows Website. The film and five-part miniseries is available to watch now in English, French, and Cree on CBC Gem, APTN Lumi and iciTou.tv. The miniseries just concluded its run on the CBC where it was the most-watched new series on their CBC Gem streaming service for the fall season, with 1.6 million viewers watching the episodes on linear TV.
In 2017, MCM went into production for writer/director/producer Marie Clements’ Red Snow, a feature drama shot in the NWT and the interior of BC in extreme arctic cold and intense Interior heat. Red Snow features some of Canada’s leading Indigenous and culturally diverse actors and was shot in four languages including Gwich’in, Inuvialuktun, Pashto and English, also giving voice to an original sound score by Métis composer Wayne Lavallee and a host of Dene, Inuit, and Afghani musicians and vocalists. Red Snow won the WIDC Feature Film Award and was awarded Most Popular Feature at the Vancouver International Film Festival, Best Canadian Feature at the Edmonton International Film Festival, Best Director at the American Indian Film Festival and Achievement in Film at the LA Skins Festival with 11 Leo Award nominations and a DGC nomination for Best Director. Red Snow premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and went on to screen at the Edmonton Film Festival, imagineNATIVE Film Festival, Yellowknife Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, Winda Film Festival, LA Skins Film Festival, the Available Light Festival, the Victoria Film Festival, and the Maoriland Film Festival with a theatrical release in 2019 by A71 Entertainment and an original sound score release which led towards a broadcast on CBC in 2020.
Looking at Edward Curtis a half-hour documentary and series of sixteen short documentaries written/directed and produced by Marie Clements premiered at the DOXA International Documentary Festival, and screened at the Yorkton Film Festival receiving four nominations for Best Documentary. Looking at Edward Curtis also screened at Seattle’s Beyond the Frame Festival and the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival in Toronto. Produced by MCM for Knowledge Network, it was broadcast in summer 2018.
In 2016, MCM produced Number 14 in association with May Street Productions. A sixty-minute docu-drama starring Sasha Perron, Evan Adams and Charlene Aleck with an original sound score by Wayne Lavallee, and featuring recording artists Ostwelve and Dani & Lizzi. Shot in Vancouver and Victoria, Number 14 brought together documentary subjects, established and emerging actors, and over thirty first time actors, and 25 Minor hockey players. Number 14 was awarded Best Public Service Film at the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco in November 2015.
MCM(2) is currently in development with features Tombs co-produced with Screen Siren Pictures, Tommy Prince with Brightlight Studios, and Reclaim My Skin a new musical documentary series in co-production with Rezolution Pictures, and Screen Siren Pictures for Knowledge Network.